Megyn Kelly Won Thursday’s GOP Debate

January 29, 2016 by  
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Republican presidential candidates butted heads Thursday night in the final debate before the Iowa caucuses, but the real star was Fox News host and moderator Megyn Kelly

Kelly was particularly sharp in her performance, calling out businessman Donald Trump as “the elephant not in the room,” catching Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) flip-flopping on immigration, and criticizing former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s relentless attack ads on other Republican candidates. 

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Chris Wallace Booed For Asking About Iraq During GOP Debate

January 28, 2016 by  
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The crowd at Thursday’s Republican debate was not ready for introspection about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Fox News host and moderator Chris Wallace asked Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) to comment on the foreign policy legacy of his brother, former President George W. Bush.

“Given the fact that your brother got us into two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that have still not ended,” Wallace said, facing boos from the audience, “what lessons have you learned from his mistakes, sir?”

Bush said his foreign policy is driven by the “lessons of history,” but he never specifically mentioned what happened during his brother’s administration.

He said he believes Congress should have given President Barack Obama a new war authorization for the fight against the Islamic State group, although he said it should have been more open-ended than what Obama asked for.

“Because if we allow this to fester, we’re going to have Islamic terrorism, multi-generations of this all across this country,” he said. “The caliphate of ISIS has to be destroyed, which means we have to arm directly the Kurds, embed our troops with the Iraqi military, re-engage with the Sunni tribal leaders, get the lawyers off the damn backs of the military for once and for all, have a no-fly zone in Syria.”

Soon after Bush entered the presidential race, he – not surprisingly — received questions about whether he would have invaded Iraq. The former governor stumbled and shifted his answer repeatedly, raising questions about whether he was really going to be as strong a candidate as many believed he would be. 

Since then, he has largely embraced his brother’s foreign policy legacy. When Donald Trump called the Iraq War a “disaster” in a September debate, Bush went after him. 

“As it relates to my brother, there’s one thing I know for sure: He kept us safe,” Bush said. “I don’t know if you remember, Donald — you remember the rubble? You remember the firefighter with his arms around him? He sent a clear signal that the United States would be strong and fight Islamic terrorism, and he did keep us safe.”

Bush was referring to an iconic 9/11 moment that happened on his brother’s watch.


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Donald Trump Tells Bill O’Reilly It’s ‘An Eye For An Eye’ In War With Fox News

January 28, 2016 by  
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Bill O’Reilly wants Donald Trump to be the bigger man in his ongoing feud with Fox News, but Trump is promising an “eye for an eye” instead. 

The “O’Reilly Factor” host was trying to convince the GOP frontrunner to join Thursday night’s debate in Iowa despite his dislike for Megyn Kelly, the Fox News host who will be one of the event’s moderators.

O’Reilly even tried appealing to Trump’s Christian faith, something the candidate has spoken of frequently in an effort to woo evangelical voters.

“In your Christian faith, there is a very significant tenet and that’s the tenet of forgiveness,” O’Reilly said. 

“I think you should be the bigger man,” O’Reilly added. “Don’t you think that’s the right thing to do?”

“It probably is,” Trump agreed. “But y’know it’s called an eye for an eye. I guess also you can look at it that way.” 

“No, no, no,” O’Reilly countered. “That’s Old Testament. If you’re the Christian, the eye-for-the-eye rule goes out. Here’s what it is: Turning the other cheek.” 

O’Reilly physically turned his cheek and patted himself to show what he meant: 

Trump brushed off the appeal to his faith and instead plugged his event Thursday night for the Wounded Warrior Project, which he will be doing instead of participating in the GOP debate.  

Trump has been hurling insults at Kelly since the first Fox News debate, when she asked about his history of making sexist comments, and he didn’t let up during the O’Reilly interview.  

“I have zero respect for Megyn Kelly, I don’t think she’s very good at what she does, I think she’s highly overrated,” Trump said.  

He also continued the attacks on Twitter: 

I refuse to call Megyn Kelly a bimbo, because that would not be politically correct. Instead I will only call her a lightweight reporter!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 27, 2016

On Tuesday, Fox News accused Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski of threatening Kelly as he lobbied to have her removed from the debate. 

“In a call on Saturday with a Fox News executive, Lewandowski stated that Megyn ‘had a rough couple days after that last debate’ and he ‘would hate to have her go through that again,’” the network said in a statement. 

Fox said Kelly would remain a moderator.

“We can’t give into terrorizations toward any of our employees,” the network said.


Note to our readers: Donald Trump is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, birther and bully who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

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The 9 Things Introverts Need For Happiness In The Workplace

January 27, 2016 by  
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Dear Start-ups,

Introverts are valuable employees. We bring creativity, dedication, and self-motivation to any task we focus on. According to Marti Laney, author of The Introvert Advantage,

“Introverts are thoughtful, imaginative, tend to work independently and think outside the box. Introverts are keen observers and sensitive listeners.”

Famous introvert entrepreneurs include Thomas Edison, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Marissa Mayer, and Mark Zuckerberg.

When we imagine our ideal workplace, it looks more like a library full of quiet rooms and isolated carrels than the ball-pit and bullpen situation start-ups are currently obsessed with. As introverts, we may be outnumbered by extroverts at start-ups. According to Laney, “The introvert is pressured daily, almost from the moment of awakening, to respond and conform to the outer world.” This need to conform can be tiring. But we promise, with just a few tweaks in the workplace, you could make us very happy.

Here are a few guidelines to help us out:

1. Open floor plans take years off our lives. If possible, give us our own space.

2. In planning employee bonding activities, look beyond the noisy “all-company mixers.” We can be intensely social, but prefer one-on-one or small group interactions.

3. If you want us to speak up at all-hands meetings, provide an agenda, and put us on it. We do best when we can think before we share our thoughts.

4. We don’t rely on external stimulation via ping-pong tables, sound systems, and snack areas. We can give you our best work while sitting in a room by ourselves.

5. Give us the freedom to structure our own days, and we’ll get the work done.

6. Recognize our good work through thoughtful gifts or simple acknowledgements, not public toasts.

7. Team travel takes energy. Socializing after all-day site visits or client engagements burns us out. Let us have down time we need.


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Variety Tackles #OscarsSoWhite Problem With ‘Shame On Us’ Cover

January 26, 2016 by  
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One of the film industry’s leading publications is taking on the lack of diversity in the Oscar nominations in a cover story to be published in Variety today.

Although the article itself isn’t online yet, Claudia Eller, the magazine’s co-editor-in-chief, unveiled the “SHAME ON US” image on Twitter late Monday night. 

Tomorrow’s cover on Diversity crisis will be a must read,” she wrote. ”As the cover line states, we are all to blame. Let’s act!”

The lead story will be written by senior film reporter James Rainey and awards editor Tim Gray

For the second year in a row, no people of color were nominated for any acting awards, prompting calls for a boycott of the Academy Awards ceremony and spawning the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag. 

On Friday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled a set of changes to its membership that it hopes will lead to greater inclusion


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What I Learned From Magazines This Week

January 25, 2016 by  
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At least ten people have been shot by their dogs since 2004, usually in hunting accidents.
(AARP Bulletin, January February 2016)

If somebody phones you claiming to be with the IRS, it’s a scam. The real IRS will only open communications with a taxpayer via the U.S. Postal Service.
(AARP Bulletin January/February, 2016)

Due to a delivery mix-up, a man recently received a FedEx package containing a tumor instead of a Kindle.
(Time, January 25 2016)

When boxing pro Alicia Napoleon was the only girl on her high school wrestling team the other schools circulated a petition asking that she be kicked off the team because she beat the boys and make them cry.
(New York Magazine, January 11, 2016)

A Kentucky man was arrested last July for shooting down an anonymous drone that was hovering over his daughters in the sky about his back deck.
(The Atlantic, November, 2015)

Groups of couples rarely engage in “electrifying” dinner party conversation. (Town and Country, February 2016)

Within a few decades, spaceflight could make it possible for international travelers to get from New York City to Tokyo in 90 minutes.
(The Atlantic, November 2015)

Charles Schultz’s favorite character to draw? Linus.
(The Atlantic, November 2015)

Giraffes sleep just 20 minutes a day.
(Reader’s Digest, February 2016)

Hospital staffers sometimes place bets on patients. Guess the Blood Alcohol is a common game, as is predicting the injuries of patients arriving via ambulance, and betting on the outcomes of risky procedures.
(Reader’s Digest, February 2016)

Cartoonist Al Capp described the Peanuts characters in the early, more freewheeling days of the strip as “good mean little bastards eager to hurt each other.”
(The Atlantic, November 2015)

If humans were to live on their own on Mars for centuries, scientists believe that they’d evolve to become taller, with weaker hearts, less body hair and smaller teeth.
(The Atlantic, November 2015)

When asked by an interviewer in 1976 if she was “waving the flag for women’s lib,” Glenda Jackson replied, “Waving it? I’ll poke it in your eye if I have to.”
(Entertainment Weekly, Special Oscar Guide)

According to boxing pro Alicia Napoleon, knocking another person out is “the most beautiful, electrifying feeling. Imagine being in love, and so happy, and then times that by a million.”
(New York Magazine, January 11, 2016)


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Perspective For Profit

January 24, 2016 by  
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If the Fox News Channel has taught us anything, it’s that opinions are priceless. That network has built a billion dollar dynasty on dissuasion – whether you approve of its tactics or not. While many Americans make up their own minds and decide for themselves what they think and what they believe in, many millions more prefer to be told what to think and what to believe in by people they trust. There’s no judgement in that statement. It’s fact and FNC’s ratings are all the proof you need. While I have absolutely zero tolerance for a news outlet to slant its news coverage and/or alter the facts to further one political agenda, I believe there absolutely is a place for opinion in a newscast.

Long before FNC began postulating its point-of-view, a few local stations had discovered the art of commentary. I’m not talking about those general managers who do an awkward, one-minute editorial at the end of a newscast urging you to consider voting for a new waste water treatment plant. I’m talking about true and passionate opinion shared by people you know and like – your local news anchors. Anchorman Jerry Springer‘s commentaries during News 5 each evening on Cincinnati’s NBC affiliate had a direct bearing on the station rising from worst to first in the ratings during the mid-’80′s. I was there. I watched every day as Jerry would pace the hallways that encircled the newsroom, trying to find just the right words to express his feelings. Whether those feelings were about Marge Schott’s racial insensitivity, President Reagan reinstituting the draft, or Coke’s decision to invent a “new Coke”, Jerry had an opinion. He expressed them well and in no uncertain terms. And every evening, I was one of the newsroom staff assigned to “phone duty” – answering the barrage of calls from viewers who either agreed or disagreed with Jerry’s assessment of any given situation. Those were the days before voice mail, when phones would truly “light up” like a Christmas tree – flashing lights on every phone line. Those lights clearly demonstrated to me just how powerful one point-of-view can be. Jerry built a $50-million dollar career on his opinions – and his “Final Thought”. Here - see for yourself.

I love that final zoom-in at the end of each commentary. So powerful. WLWT compiled the best of Jerry’s thousands of commentaries into a book for viewers to order. The printer couldn’t keep up with the demand.

Just a few hundred miles north sat another anchorman who was beloved by the blue collar viewers of Detroit. Bill Bonds had his ups and downs splattered all over the media – his DUI arrests, his offer to fistfight corrupt Mayor Coleman Young, and his infamous interview with Utah Senator Orrin Hatch caused viewers to tune in in droves. They loved Bonds because he was “one of them”. The Hatch interview is simply too good not to view now.

His commentaries were just as legendary. Bonds did one about mercy killing just the day after his younger brother Johnny died – Johnny’s doctor had “pulled the plug”. Remember, Detroit was the home of Jack Kevorkian, the right-to-die and physician-assisted suicide activist who’d recently been convicted of helping to kill an elderly woman in his minivan. Bill wondered which “God” would meet his brother in Heaven – Jesus? Buddha? Allah? Or perhaps a Moonie? And then his point, in one simple sentence:

“Do you really believe that God believes that men should be making laws that tell you when you have suffered enough – and it’s not for you and your doctor to decide?”

Wow. What news anchor today would have the balls to use such a personal tragedy to make a greater point? Name one. I can’t.

I now want to show you a commentator who very recently went viral with his thoughts about ISIS. Walee Aly isn’t technically a news anchor. He’s a “presenter” on an Australian “news done differently” show on Channel Ten called The Project. The show promotes itself this way:

“The Project is the simplest idea in television for a long time. Each weekday at 6:30pm, the team dissect, digest and reconstitute each days’ news”.

What Aly said – straight into the camera following the terrorist attacks in Paris – was astounding.

That is brilliant television – whether inside a newscast or not. How can you NOT watch people like this?

Now, on to one final commentator. She’s Judge Jeanine Pirro. She hosted her own “judge” show on the CW, but now hosts Justice With Judge Jeanine on Fox News Channel. And yes, she’s slamming our liberal president. But put all of your FNC baggage, if you so harbor any, in your pocket for a moment. What the Judge delivers here I can only describe as a jaw-dropping.

I don’t care which side of the proverbial fence you pee on… that was brilliant television. Her points were on target, backed up by fact, and one direct hit after another on the President. Remember, this is a Lebanese/American woman attacking the President. Not just some white blowhard who gets paid per opinion on Hannity or O’Reilly’s show. That’s what makes it all the more poignant.

Local news directors steer clear of commentary. They do so because they have never seen its dramatic affect on ratings. They do so because they may not have an anchor capable of writing a powerful commentary and delivering with the passion required to be effective. I recently asked a news anchorwoman to record a test commentary – one that wouldn’t air – but one that we could look at to see if she was capable of pulling it off. She had to call her agent for permission. Permission denied. Case closed. With such conclusive proof that opinions make careers, why do so many news people deny themselves the freedom to express? Springer’s proven it. Opinions are profitable. Sure, the phones will no longer ring like they did in Cincinnati with the arrival of voicemail. But with all these new platforms for viewers to find you on, your perspective is too priceless to keep to yourself.

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What Super Wealthy Times Columnist Tom Friedman’s Attack on Sanders Misses

January 23, 2016 by  
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“What if our 2016 election ends up being between a socialist and a borderline fascist — ideas that died in 1989 and 1945 respectively?,” New York Times pundit Tom Friedman asks in his latest column.

Friedman apparently doesn’t understand that the idea that “died in 1989″ was Communism. Senator Bernie Sanders, the “socialist” he’s referring to, isn’t a Communist. Is it really possible that Friedman doesn’t understand the difference between authoritarian Communism and democratic socialism, which is how Sanders refers to himself? Or is he simply using that old tactic called “red-baiting” to try to make Sanders look like an extremist so that Hillary Clinton comes off as a moderate liberal?

Either way, Friedman should be ashamed of himself.

During the Cold War, many Americans confused democratic socialism with communism. In fact, democratic socialists — like labor leader Walter Reuther and civil rights leader Martin Luther King — strongly opposed the totalitarian governments of the Soviet Union, China and their satellites. That’s because democratic socialism is about democracy — giving ordinary people a greater voice in both politics and the workplace.

Although Sanders says that America needs a “grassroots political revolution,” he is actually a reformer, not a revolutionary. He is hardly what Friedman described him as — “far left.” His version of democratic socialism is akin to what most people around the world call “social democracy,” which seeks to make capitalism more humane. These are ideas that are widely popular in Canada, Australia, and much of Europe. They are also ideas that, according to public opinion polls, most Americans agree with, if you remove the political labels and simply describe how they actually work for everyday people.

In holding these views, Sanders follows in the footsteps of many prominent, influential Americans whose views and activism changed the country for the better. Sanders is part of a proud tradition that includes such important figures as Jane Addams, Eugene Debs, Florence Kelley, Francis Bellamy (the socialist Baptist minister who wrote “The Pledge of Allegiance”), Katherine Lee Bates (the socialist poet who wrote “America the Beautiful), Emma Lazarus (another socialist poet who wrote “Colossus,” inscribed on the Statue of Liberty), John Dewey, Upton Sinclair, Helen Keller, Albert Einstein, A. Philip Randolph, Bayard Rustin, Reuther, and King.

Many ideas that we take for granted today — Social Security, the minimum wage, women’s suffrage, child labor laws, consumer protection laws, the progressive income tax, workers’ right to form unions, public works programs to create jobs for the unemployed, and Medicare — were first espoused by American socialists.

So it should come as no surprise that Sanders says that the U.S. could learn from Denmark, Sweden, and Norway — countries with greater equality, a higher standard of living for working families, better schools, free universities, less poverty, a cleaner environment, higher voter turnout, stronger unions, universal health insurance, mandated paid family leave and paid vacations, and a much wider safety net.

Sounds anti-business? Forbes magazine ranked Denmark as the #1 country for business. The United States ranked #18.

Perhaps the New York Times should buy Friedman a plane ticket to Copenhagen, Stockholm, or Oslo so he can ask the Danes, Swedes, and Norwegians if they think they’re living in societies based on an idea that died in 1989.

European social democracies put greater emphasis on government enterprise, but even most Americans favor government-run police departments, fire departments, national parks, municipally-owned utilities, local subway systems and public state universities.

Socialists and social democrats believe in private enterprise but think it should be subject to rules that guarantee businesses act responsibly. Banks shouldn’t engage in reckless predatory lending. Energy corporations shouldn’t endanger and planet and public health by emitting too much pollution. Companies should be required to guarantee that consumer products (like cars and toys) are safe and that companies pay decent wages and provide safe workplaces.

Sanders’ democratic socialism means reducing the political influence of the super rich and big corporations, increasing taxes of the wealthy to help pay for expanded public services like child care, public transit, and higher education, reducing barriers to voting, and strengthening regulations of business to require them to be more socially responsible in terms of their employees, consumers and the environment. That means a higher minimum wage, paid sick days and paid vacations, and safer workplaces.

These ideas are common sense, not Communist. Most Americans embrace them. For example, 74% of Americans think corporations have too much influence; 73% favor tougher regulation of Wall Street; 60% believe that “our economic system unfairly favors the wealthy;” 85% want an overhaul of our campaign finance system to reduce the influence of money in politics; 58% support breaking up big banks; 79% think the wealthy don’t pay their fair share of taxes; 85% favor paid family leave; 80% of Democrats and half the public support single-payer Medicare for all; 75% of Americans (including 53% of Republicans) support an increase in the federal minimum wage to $12.50, while 63% favor a $15 minimum wage; well over 70% support workers’ rights to unionize; and 92% want a society with far less income disparity.

Few Americans consider themselves socialists, but Sanders’ campaign — and the shifting realities of American society — have helped take the sting out of the word. Growing concerns about the political influence of the super-rich, the nation’s widening economic divide, the predatory practices of Wall Street banks, and stagnating wages have made more and more Americans willing to consider the idea seriously. A Pew survey found that nearly half of young voters under the age of 29, regardless of their political party affiliation, viewed socialism positively.

Since Sanders began running for president and openly identified himself as a democratic socialist, the idea has gotten more traction. A New York Times/CBS News poll conducted November, discovered that 56 percent of Democratic primary voters nationally said they felt positive about socialism as a governing philosophy, compared to 29 percent who had a negative view. A new poll found that 43 percent of likely voters in the February 1 Democratic Iowa caucuses would use the word “socialist” to describe themselves.

On most matters — both broad principles and specific policy prescriptions — Sanders is in sync with the vast majority of Americans. There’s a great deal of pent-up demand for a candidate who articulates Americans’ frustrations with the status quo. Like Friedman, Sanders is asking the question “what if?” But Sanders’ is asking “what if we had a society and a economy that worked for the 99 percent, not the 1 percent? That’s an idea that is alive and well in 2016.

Peter Dreier is E.P. Clapp Professor of Politics and chair of the Urban & Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College. His most recent book is The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame (Nation Books).

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Professor Says She Was Fired Unconstitutionally For Cursing

January 22, 2016 by  
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A former professor says she might still have her job if it weren’t for the U.S. Department of Education’s overly broad take on what constitutes sexual harassment.

In a lawsuit filed on Wednesday, Teresa Buchanan, a terminated professor at Louisiana State University, suggested that a 2013 Education Department letter may have influenced LSU’s policies and led to her firing.

The letter followed an investigation of the University of Montana’s handling of harassment and assault. It defined sexual harassment as “unwelcome verbal, visual, or physical behavior of a sexual nature,” but did not state that it must be offensive to an “objectively reasonable person.”

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a civil liberties nonprofit often critical of federal efforts to address sexual assault, has said that omission is a problem. FIRE raised the alarm about the Education Department’s letter back in 2013, arguing that such a broad definition of harassment would lead to a crackdown on professors.

FIRE’s director of litigation, Catherine Sevcenko, said on Thursday that her organization essentially knew this was coming. “FIRE predicted that universities would silence and punish faculty by using the Department of Education’s unconstitutional definition of sexual harassment – and that’s exactly what happened at LSU,” she said.

Buchanan was a tenured education professor who had worked at LSU for two decades. She lost her job after students complained that she used curse words and vulgar terms like “pussy” and joked about the decline in sex over the course of a relationship. 

“Students complain about professors, and we have a procedure to follow, and that wasn’t followed,” Buchanan told HuffPost in July. “Instead I was removed immediately from teaching and [referred] to human resources to investigate me for sexual harassment.” 

The national American Association of University Professors defended Buchanan at the time of her firing, saying she was using “run-of-the-mill” language that should not have been grounds for termination. LSU’s faculty senate also objected to Buchanan’s removal and voted in October to censure LSU President F. King Alexander, Provost Stuart Bell and Damon Andrew, the dean of the College of Human Sciences and Education.

Buchanan’s lawsuit names several administrators at the university as defendants, but not the Department of Education, despite the fact that it is mentioned in the complaint.

LSU said in July that Buchanan created a “consistently hostile and abusive environment in the classroom,” and noted that “more than one” elementary school where she supervised student teachers had asked her not to return.

“We have not been served with a lawsuit,” said Ernie Ballard III, a spokesman for LSU. “However, we are confident  that our action regarding Ms. Buchanan was appropriate. We take our responsibility to protect students from abusive behavior very seriously, and we will vigorously defend our students’ rights to a harassment-free educational environment.”

Watch an interview with Teresa Buchanan from July 2015.

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Sorry, Fox News: Benghazi Film Isn’t Really About Hillary Clinton

January 21, 2016 by  
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Congressional Republicans have spent more than $20 million so far trying to prove that Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton mishandled the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya.

Eleven reports and 32 hearings later, they haven’t succeeded. But that hasn’t stopped conservative pundits at Fox News from feeding their audience a regular diet of Benghazi conspiracy theories.

For the last two weeks, the network has been characterizing Michael Bay’s new film, “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” as a threat to Clinton’s presidential campaign while promoting a number of discredited stories about the attacks.

Nineteen of the 32 segments the network has aired about the movie have treated it as an indictment of Clinton, according to Media Matters, a liberal watchdog group founded by Clinton ally David Brock. Fox News host Megyn Kelly alone has dedicated nearly 90 minutes to “13 Hours,” including an hour-long special, describing the film as a potential “threat” to Clinton’s presidential hopes.

Fellow host Andrea Tantaros has gone even farther.

“If anyone sees this movie — which everyone should go see it — and then goes on to vote for Hillary Clinton, they’re a criminal,” Tantaros said.  

Yet despite the network’s attempts to tie ”13 Hours” to Clinton, the film doesn’t even mention the former secretary of state, according to The New York Times. It instead focuses on the armed operatives who defended the embassy compound and criticized the lack of security there.

The Times has dismissed “13 Hours” as a “cinematic catharsis” for those whose “understanding of the assault … has been blurred by partisan politics.”

The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple took issue with Fox News’ Benghazi binge in a recent blog post.

“Fox News isn’t acting as a news organization, which reports events as they arise; it’s acting as an advocacy organization, verily rooting for the movie to tilt the contemporary political debate,” he wrote.

Gabriel Arana is senior media editor at The Huffington Post.

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